Victoria’s employee-owned CHEK-TV is hurting. An internal memo to staff has announced the elimination of sports on its 10 pm newscast, and is requesting staff to consider volunteering to go to part-time status.
The elimination of sports is not unexpected. Many viewers now get their sports results and highlights from a plethora of specialty cable sources, and newsrooms at local stations all over North America have been de-emphasizing sports. Observers of different stripes have in recent years questioned how Victoria can economically sustain two private TV stations, with the viewing pie divided between so many dominant Vancouver and Seattle signals.